Distinguished visitors from US, coalition and host
nation services attend the Cargo City Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which took
place near the Kuwait International Airport, on May 19, 2019. Air
Force photo by TSgt. Robert Cloys.
The Middle East’s largest military aerial port of debarkation officially
opened on May 19 as “Cargo City” became operational in Kuwait.
temporary gateway at Kuwait International Airport replaces the USAF and
coalition Abdullah Al-Mubarak AB gateway, which was in use for more than
20 years of operations.
Cargo City is located next to a vacant ramp at
the airport, with about 33,000 square meters of space for US forces to
stage and load cargo destined for operating locations throughout the
As part of the move, the 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility
Squadron relocated to Cargo City to provide maintenance, command and
control, and port operation support, according to an Air Forces Central
Construction on the project included
more than 1.24 million cubic meters of fill, with almost 400 trucks
transporting soil and rock every day for almost four months.
Kuwait planned an expansion of the airport complex and gave US and
Kuwait military forces about a year to move. The new facility will
operate until the New Mubarak Military Base is built following the
airport’s expansion, tentatively scheduled for 2023.
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